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New Radioactive Leak Found At Fukushima After Rat Causes Second Cooling System Failure

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The Fukushima farce continues: a month after a rat (no really) caused the cooling system at the exploded Japanese nuclear power plant to fail, history repeats itself, leading to the second cooling failure in a month. As the NYT reported, "Workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant who were installing wire nets Friday to keep rats away from a vital cooling system instead tripped that system, causing it to fail for the second time in weeks. Cooling was restored by late evening on Friday, and there was no imminent danger to the 566 nuclear fuel rods stored in the pool, according to the company. It would have taken at least two weeks for the pool to have risen above the safe level of 149 degrees Fahrenheit, Tepco said." Of course, TEPCO would certainly tell the truth to all those it lied to for weeks in March 2011, the same TEPCO where a rat is the weakest link in its meltdown avoidance planning.

This time however, TEPCO, credibility and professionalism once again in tatters, was forced to reveal a little more, namely that "radioactive water may have leaked into the ground from a storage tank at Japan's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the latest of a series of troubles at the facility."

Blame the rats again? And don't worry, it was just "this much" caesium leaking into the ocean, so who's really counting. Sadly, it will be years before the irradiated fauna - both fish and humans - has a sense, over the daily lies, of just how vast the damage has been. By then, however, Japan will have enough hyperinflation to keep it sufficiently distracted from the third arm growing on the back.

From Al-Jazeera:

The fresh leak on Sunday comes a day after Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said up to 120 tonnes of contaminated water may have escaped from another of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the tsunami-damaged plant.


TEPCO said radioactivity was detected in water outside a tank in the latest leak but that the contaminated water was unlikely to flow into the sea.


"We have determined that a minimal amount of water was feared to have leaked from the tank although there was no decline in the level of water inside the tank," it said in a statement.


The tanks store water used to cool down the reactors after radioactive caesium is removed but other radioactive substances remain.


The series of leakages came after one of the systems keeping spent atomic fuel cool at the plant temporarily failed on Friday, the second outage in a matter of weeks, underlining the precarious fix at the plant.

Yes, "minimal" - just as it is a "minimal" amount of price increases in imported energy that face the local population following a 30% devaluation in the currency. Don't worry - just like Fukushima is contained, so local companies can't wait to hike wages for everyone to make the 2% inflation targeting "fair" for everyone.

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Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:43 | 3418435 malikai
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Queue absurd radioactive mutant rats joke.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:47 | 3418441 UnpatrioticHoarder
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Let's see how long they can store decades worth of toxic JGBs without a meltdown

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:51 | 3418450 JohnnyBriefcase
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It's beeing examined by "TOP MEN".

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:55 | 3418462 toys for tits
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"Come out and take it, you dirty, yellow-bellied rat ...."

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:57 | 3418469 LetThemEatRand
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Perhaps Bansky is indeed a prophet.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:18 | 3418496 Pinto Currency
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It was a 400 lb rat with 10 lb tumors in its neck.


p.s. if people wanted the Fukushima mess dealt with, resolution would be under way.  Much easier to ignore.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:06 | 3418670 The Abstraction...
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And from that rat was born the first radiation immune Jew.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 03:36 | 3420992 Boris Alatovkrap
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In Chernobyl, find many mole rat with deformity. Make for good pet but not sure if is suitable for worker at energy facility. Japan is extreme innovation!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 17:36 | 3423850 liverdiefree
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What in the world holds your ears apart?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:15 | 3418694 Ignatius
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That's a direct quote....

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 15:21 | 3419069 johnQpublic
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tell me about this rat...

1)how big

2)how many eyes


4)signs of superstrength?

5)how many tails

6)how the fuck is this giant mutant 3 eyed 4 tailed glow in the dark super rat surviving and for how long in an environment where people cant even work for more than an hour?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 16:22 | 3419262 Ignatius
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"Rats.  Big fucking rats with dicks as big as elephant dicks."  -- Johnny Rotten Mouth

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 16:56 | 3419365 knukles
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So when will they fully mutate?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 17:41 | 3419558 Ignatius
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They already have, friend... walk with me sometime.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 14:07 | 3418833 Aguadulce
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I'm waiting for super shredder to emerge from the wreckage.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:15 | 3418516 a growing concern
Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:47 | 3418619 max2205
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Two rats walk into a Japanese bar one orders a beer and the other orders______________

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:03 | 3418649 ptoemmes
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...an Atomic Bodyslam....

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 15:23 | 3419077 johnQpublic
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__a shot and a beer for himself and one for that giant glowing mouse at the end of the bar

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 01:50 | 3420902 Tompooz
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..a pan-galactic gargle blaster

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 15:41 | 3419145 stocktivity
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What they aren't saying is that the rats are the size of elephants and glow in the dark.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:44 | 3418590 Mine Is Bigger
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I can see it.  They will blame rats when JGB auctions fail.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:03 | 3418482 Abraxas
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What happened to that myth of high-tech Japan and how superior they were to all of us? What's next? A nation wide blackout due to a dead hamster?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:16 | 3418500 dark pools of soros
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Mt Gox is there.. for all its ups and downs and most say that is where Satoshi is from

but bitcoin is joke... ignore it climbing to $156 right now


edit - $157

edit - $158

funny how a 24/7 free market works...shows how TPTB uses their system of controlled failures to benefit only their stacked bets

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:05 | 3418666 The Abstraction...
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Yeah but $156 is a bubble.

edit$157 is a bubble

edit - $158 is a bubble.

WTF, $700,000 is a bubble. You losers should sell up your silver and BTC and get into portugal treasuries, fast.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:33 | 3418747 malikai
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Ok, at $700k, I'd be pretty damn scared.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:52 | 3418627 PacOps
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Might be good to keep in mind that the reactors were designed and built by General Electric. TEPCOs engineers certainly screwed the pooch in their construction and installation. 

The U.S. Navy & Finland seem to be the only reliable entities to deal with nuclear power and the entire issue of storage which has been beat to death for well over 40 years is still a political hot potatoe our elected officials keep kicking down the road. Finland is at least dealing with it on a national level.


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:36 | 3418646 Not Too Important
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"In a report released last year, "Bringing GE to Light: General Electric's Trail of Radioactive and Toxic Contamination from the Company's Nuclear Weapons Work," INFACT found that GE's nuclear weapons work has created environment health and safety nightmares across the United States.

INFACT charges that GE knowingly contaminated residents of Washington, Oregon and Idaho with radioactive contamination from its Hanford nuclear weapons facility. Workers and communities faced similar dangerous contamination problems at GE facilities throughout the country.

In addition, the report found that:

GE ranks number 1 in Superfund sites, being a "potentially responsible party" at 51 sites as of August 1990.

GE released more cancer-causing chemicals into the environment than any other U.S. company during 1988.

Conducting a nationwide repair program for over one million of its refrigerators, GE intentionally released more than 300,000 pounds of CFCs into the atmosphere, where they destroy the Earth's protective layer….

In 1977, an epidemiologist noticed high levels of cancer and leukemia among workers at GE's plant in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He began a study that initially showed an excessive number of deaths. Then GE took over the funding and the provision of employee records for the study."


And with all those Superfund sites, why does GE pay no taxes?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 15:18 | 3419063 NaN
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The brand propaganda of GE is "consistent" with it's massive, superfund status:  They use the outright, preemptive lie technique in their brand slogan: "We bring good things to Life". 

Whenever I hear that, I think "and death".


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:16 | 3418695 Bearwagon
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I agree, and in this regard the following document might be of interest:


That's the Containment and Release Management (CRM) Handbook for the BWR IV

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 15:11 | 3419037 Rustysilver
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Are you really Dan Quayle?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 18:04 | 3419683 PacOps
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No. Just a momentary channeling.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:03 | 3418650 LeisureSmith
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Here is a good one from Arnie Gundersen for anyone interested.http://www.fairewinds.org/content/fairewinds-speech-new-york-academy-med...

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 18:08 | 3419714 NaN
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Thanks for the pointer. This is a comprehensive overview of the design flaws and assumption failures for the Mark I nuclear plant in Fukushima by Arnie Gundersen.

  • Design problems were recognized in the 1960s and regulators were not able to overrule GE. 
  • Soil samples collected by Arnie Gundersen in Feb. 2012 at a Tokyo playground qualify as radioactive waste in the US with 7000 Bq/kg. 
  • Newly uncovered radiation monitors miles away detected a 700X rise above background before containment vents were opened to release pressure (where upon the multiple went to 30,000). 
  • Thermal imaging on March 20, 2011 (day 11) shows 128C radioactive outgassing from the containment. This means cesium was not captured by the cooling torus, as designed. 
  • Containments of nuclear plants are not designed to withstand detonations (faster than speed of sound shockwave, such as a hydrogen gas explosion). Fukushima demonstrated that the long-standing NRC assumption that detonations do not occur is false.
  • In another video, training lessons for the NRC, Gundersen points out that nuclear plants currently under construction are not designed to withstand detonations. 


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 15:09 | 3419029 Rustysilver
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I must confess that in a way I am enjoying this. I don't mean the suffering of Japanese people that don't know what is happening to them.

In the 1980's, I and everyone was told that Japanese planned for 100-500 years.  Only they could raise beef to "their standards". (Japanese were buying ranches in Montana and elsewhere).

Societies (and companies) that are not flexible die off.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 15:28 | 3419098 Abraxas
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I know. I read this book "The Time of Reckoning" in the 80-ies, that was predicting lots of the stuff that has been happening since 2008, only the authors were positive that Japan was country that was going to take over the lead from the USA. They sounded very convincing, I must admit.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:07 | 3418502 Banksters
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Fukushima will continue spewing for thousands and thousands of years.   

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:03 | 3418654 Not Too Important
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Long after all biolife on this planet is gone.

'Has the Earth’s sixth mass extinction already arrived?'


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:03 | 3418659 The Abstraction...
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Yea, but we will cure all cancers in two years.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:08 | 3418674 itstippy
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So, it's temporary right?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 00:07 | 3420786 screw face
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Mutant Rats with key boards you mean.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:45 | 3418438 toady
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A little radioactivity never hurt anybody.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 11:54 | 3418458 Bearwagon
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Dude, we're not talking of "a little", here.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:01 | 3418477 LetThemEatRand
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Top government officials -- from safely inside their lead bunkers -- tell us that even more than a little is okay because the ocean is HUGE!

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 12:12 | 3418512 Bearwagon
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Which tells us, that no amount of radiation is okay and the ocean is, in this regard, alto tiny, namely because THEY told us otherwise. Or have I missed something?

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:02 | 3418652 The Abstraction...
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A little radiation stimulates the immune system by creating random protein damage throughout the body. The response of the immune system can kill cancer cells, hence the paradox that radiation workers have lower incidents of cancer than the general public. In theory.

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 13:07 | 3418671 Not Too Important
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Radium Girls:

"The Radium Girls were female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning from painting watch dials with glow-in-the-dark paint at the United States Radium factory in Orange, New Jersey around 1917. The women, who had been told the paint was harmless, ingested deadly amounts of radium by licking their paintbrushes to give them a fine point; some also painted their fingernails and teeth with the glowing substance."


Sun, 04/07/2013 - 17:03 | 3419380 knukles
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God!  I Love the Teeth Part.
Imagine her....

Honey, move your head down here, I can't see my....

Well the Factory Was in New Jersey.
Snooki, Yo!

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